Born William Jeffrey Jones in 1961, Jeffrey has been a working artist for over 30 years, with extensive experience as a commercial sculptor for the gift, architectural ornament, and toy industries. He established his own pottery studio in 1986, but worked full-time as a production potter for Silver Dollar City in Branson, MO until the mid-1990s. During this time, he was also sculpting prototypes for the gift and architectural ornament industries. Working as an exhibition sandsculptor in the late 1990s afforded him the opportunity to become comfortable with larger scales, leading to works in other media as tall as 35 feet such as the Santa Claus he sculpted for a department store in Germany in 1999 in styrofoam and fiberglass.
McFarlane Toys employed him as a staff sculptor for a number of years, giving Jeffrey the opportunity to further develop his anatomy and detail skills. He sculpted action figures for many of the most popular movie properties such as the Terminator and The Matrix, as well as dozens of other properties in the movie, television, gaming, music, and sports genres. After McFarlane, he sculpted prototypes for several other toy companies, producing toys and collectible figures for popular properties such as Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Resident Evil, Pirates of the Carribean, Battlestar Galactica, Stargate Atlantis, Sin City, Child's Play, among many others. All this work with art directors and product development provided Jeffrey the opportunity to develop an extensive portfolio as a testimonial to an extraordinary amount of experience.
That experience and time have also allowed Jeffrey to develop his own concepts and ideas - in concert with his skills - into fine sculptural works under his own name. He currently works out of two studios, creating exquisite figurative sculptures in several types of clay media.
"I have such an affinity and respect for fired clay. Someday, perhaps I'll cast my ideas in bronze, but I have devoted a huge portion of my life to clay that has been transformed by the fire of a kiln, resurrecting the plastic medium into a state not that far-removed from its earlier form as a rock formation. My clay sculptures emerge from the dust of the earth combined with water and bound by fire as entities whose visual essence for that moment is captured permanently to provoke us all to consider their being and place in our world. Directly formed by my hands and simpler tools than you can imagine, they are indeed a record of a living thing in a very brief instant in all of time."
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